Thursday, May 2, 2013

ST. JOHNSBURY: "Cut with Sheep Shears," new paper cut images by Carolyn Guest at the NEK Artisans Guild

RECEPTION: Saturday, May 4, from 3 to 5 pm. All are invited. 
ON EXHIBIT: April 25 through June 13, 2013
"Springtime in the Kingdom, Cut with Sheep Shears," is an exhibition of new paper cut images by Carolyn Guest, at the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild April 25 through June 13. A reception with Carolyn will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 3 to 5 pm. All are invited.

Sugaring Off, paper cut by Carolyn Guest
Carolyn Guest,'s amazing skill with sheep shears is well known and admired throughout the area. She incorporates fine detail using these large, 13 1/2" shears to create images that reflect her rural Vermont heritage, and in this exhibition she will exhibit not only framed work to hang on walls but also three-dimensional images,that are paper sculptures.. The work, in both black and white and color, includes local wild flower, barns, and domestic animals.

Guest says, "Growing up on a Vermont farm, cutting paper for entertainment and pattern making was one of my favorite pastimes. While in Poland as a young adult on the International 4-H Youth Exchange program I learned about the “art” of papercutting. This has taken me back to Poland and many other places to study with folk artists. I use paper cutting to retell stories and illustrate rural Vermont. My primary cutting tool is sheep shears (13.5 inch). I have chosen to cut with sheep shears in honor of my Polish teachers and all the women in my family who have had to make do with what they have. "

Guest, a St. Johnsbury resident, is a graduate of the University of Vermont, was a school teacher for over twenty-five years, and continues to teach papercutting and to present programs about Polish folk art.

Her work has routinely been juried into exhibits & shows, and is in private collections internationally. Special recognition includes being chosen as one of ten Vermont artists in a 2002 traveling exhibit “Ten Artists View of Vermont Agriculture” sponsored by the Vermont Council of the Arts and Vermont Department of Agriculture in 2002. She is also one of the five Vermont artists invited to make ornaments for the 2002 White House Christmas Tree.

Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild
430 Railroad St.
St. Johnsbury, VT

Hours: 10:30-5:30, Monday-Saturday